Mark Smith

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Mark is responsible for the overall direction of Ventana Research and drives the global research agenda covering both business and technology areas. He defined the blueprint for Information Management and Performance Management as the linking together of people, processes, information and technology across organizations to drive effective results.
Articles by Mark Smith
posted in October 2008

In an Economic Maelstrom, How Bad is Your Performance Management?

It's obvious to everyone that we are in turbulent times as economic challenges rattle the globe. The question is whether the post-mortem analysis and diagnosis of the causes and symptoms of this mess will focus on the right areas and help minimize future failures... Let's be honest. Organizations have not managed their businesses using systems to understand current performance and risk in a common, enterprisewide fashion.

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Infor Adds 'MyDay' Interface and SaaS Apps

At Infor's annual "Inforum" conference in Las Vegas last week, I saw a significant step toward helping everyday business users access information in a new, Web-based interface called Infor MyDay... Infor has also stepped boldly forward where others have had limited success to make the new applications available in an on-demand manner as subscription-based software-as-a-service offerings.

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Is Microsoft Thinking Bigger or Catching Up?

At its second annual BI conference, Microsoft offered a glimpse into what the future holds for its products... Microsoft believes it is leading the democratization of business intelligence around the world through its release of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and future development projects that were officially unveiled. But is Microsoft thinking bigger or just catching up?

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